Mount Pleasant is a college town in the center of Michigan. Open fields and farmlands surround the city, and with an elevation of only 771, it's not really a mountainous area. The area's population nearly doubles during the academic year thanks to the two major colleges within the city. and one of the most walkable and safest downtown areas, with numerous parks, trails, open space to relax in, and 7 veterinarians.
The city has a designated dog park known as the Mount Pleasant Dog Park. The dog park is a private park that requires a membership and small fee to play in, but offers so much more once you get to go inside. There are separate areas for large and small dogs, a pavilion to sit under and with picnic tables, double-gated entrances, lots of trees, benches, water fountains, and clean-up stations. If you don't have a membership that's alright, the Mission Creek Woodland Park is the more massive park that surrounds the dog park and is also dog-friendly. The wooded area offers over 3 miles of paved and nature trails, with access to open spaces and picnic tables. You will need to bring water and clean-up bags.
Island Park is a gorgeous park surrounded by the Chippewa River on all sides. Within the island area is a 2.2-mile trail that encompasses and winds through the park, connecting to features like fenced-in baseball fields, a playground, a pavilion, tennis courts, restrooms, and open space to play in. Additionally, leashed pups can also enjoy water fountains, nighttime lights, benches, trash bins, and clean-up stations.
Whether you're looking for a spot by the river to play, or a shaded area to explore with your pup, Mount Pleasant offers them all and much more.